These are standardised views from which the heart is imaged, and these are explained by the following terminology.




Transducer locations





Imaging planes

There are three orthogonal planes ( Fig. 4.2 ) for 2-D imaging:


Image orientation on the monitor





Standard echocardiogram views


Although it is possible to obtain an infinite number of 'slices' through the heart, there are a series of standard views. These have been documented by a number of authors, and the reader is referred to these for a more detailed description (Thomas1984; O'Grady et a!, 1986; Yuill & O'Grady, 1991).

Right parasternal position

Left caudal parasternal position

Left cranial parasternal position

Subcostal view

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